Having dropped two albums last year, SAULT return with a prescient and important record that again straddles the boundaries of genre. Built around a skeleton of spoken word interludes, the album directly addresses the lived experience of Black people and Black culture. While track titles such as ‘Don’t Shoot Guns Down’ and ‘Sorry Ain’t Enough’ give some hint at the themes, the entire picture is more varied, nuanced, and emotionally arresting. ‘Bow’, featuring Michael Kiwanuka, draws out Afro Funk rhythms and Desert Blues guitar lines with the repeated refrain “we got rights”, before segueing into the poetic ‘This Generation’ that concludes “nobody listened, nobody cared. This generation cares”. These evolving, layered and often contrasting vocals and musical textures and influences are continually prying, questioning and asserting. While the two previous SAULT records were exceptional, it’s not fair to say this latest shows consistency, as it takes a significant leap to a whole new level of artistry. Do not skip it.